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A buzzing cultural scene in Bethnal Green

This trendy part of east London today sits removed from a historically-significant past - which includes WW2 bombings and Jack the Ripper - but manages to retain much of its intrigue and Cockney charm. Where better to try pie, mash and jellied eels? Regent's Canal runs through the heart of the district, and from Bethnal Green Tube station you can be in the centre of London within 20 minutes.

Browse colourful markets

On Sundays, you can stroll among the beautiful blooms of Columbia Road Flower Market. Be sure to get there early for the pick of the crop, or arrive just before closing time to bag yourself a bargain. Spitalfields Market is an East End institution. Find antiques, jewellery, vintage clothes and cutting-edge fashions from young designers, as well as tasty snacks from all corners of the world.

Vintage toys and farmyard animals

Revisit your formative years on a nostalgic trip to the V&A Museum of Childhood, which should also keep younger ones entertained. See everything from Lego and Meccano to Barbie dolls and old board games. Get a taste of rural life in London at Hackney City Farm. Say good morning to pigs, donkeys, rabbits and sheep before tucking into a hearty farm brunch at onsite Italian cafe deli Frizzante. Looking for accommodation in Bethnal Green? Stay in the heart of the thriving neighbourhood at Travelodge London Bethnal Green. Travelodge London Hackney and Travelodge London Liverpool Street are also Nearby.